x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Abu Dhabi Film Festival heads up the E-11

The series offers a collection of films from the festival under the banner ADFF@The Pavilion Downtown Dubai.

Butheina Kazim, one of the filmmakers who is being sent to Berlin with the ADFC. On set of the film she produced with Rashid al Marri called Letters to Palestine.
Butheina Kazim, one of the filmmakers who is being sent to Berlin with the ADFC. On set of the film she produced with Rashid al Marri called Letters to Palestine.

DUBAI // A new effort to extend the Abu Dhabi Film Festival by offering screenings to other parts of the UAE is launched tomorrow, with the first of four screenings at the Pavilion Downtown Dubai.

It will be the first time that films showcased at the annual festival will be presented outside the capital by the organisers.

The offerings will run through to August 3 and there will be a premiere every Friday and two repeat screenings each Saturday.

The titles have been chosen from those featured at the last two festivals by the organisers and the Emirati producer Butheina Hamed Kazim.

"This is about expanding the scope of the films that were screened at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and reaching out to wherever the audience is and wherever the platform is," said Ms Kazim, producer of the documentary Letters to Palestine.

The series - called ADFF@The Pavilion Downtown Dubai - will start with a selection of films that have received the festival's SANAD grants to support Arab cinema.

The selected films are Son of Babylon, directed by Mohamed al Daradji, OK, Enough, Goodbye by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, We Were Communists by Maher Abi Samra and Here Comes the Rain by Bahij Hojeij.

Other screenings will feature festival award winners, as well as a selection of Emirati shorts and films intended to broaden public awareness of environmental issues.

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